Daily, people around the world are inundated with images and messages from POPULAR CULTURE (marketing) mainstream media: ads, movies, television, music, Internet, social media: depicting unrealistic beauty, sex, violence, hatred, as acceptable and normal. These disturbing images and messages dictate impossible and unhealthy standards of: How we should behave; What we should look like; What we should wear; What we should eat/drink; What music we should listen to; What cars we should drive; Where/how we should live; How much money we should have; How much we should spend; Why we should hate… This creates a toxic environment led by comparison: If I don’t look like the model in the magazine… If I don’t have the shoes/clothes/phone… If I don’t hate… I won’t measure up. Popular Culture (Pop Culture) mainstream media images and messages influence and affect everyone – with Self-Esteem absorbing a compromising hit. Most especially at risk, is the world’s YOUTH: their young minds are still developing. At this critical stage of development, a positive or negative relationship with: identity, body image and beliefs will be formed. Pop Culture marketing is expert at popularizing: What Should Be – even at the cost of psychological damage. Why? The bottom line: Profit.

12 Conversations: 12 Youth: 6 Male – 6 Female

New Moon ~ September 1st, 2016


Does POP CULTURE mainstream media images and messages affect your SELF-ESTEEM?

Youth (Female) #3:

Pop culture definitely affects youth self-esteem. Although, I think that people often think that the effects are always bad, but this is not always the case! For example: If I’m looking through a fashion magazine and I see a shirt or a pair of jeans I own, then I most probably will feel ahead of the “trends”. And this may give me a boost of self-esteem, rather than lower it.

Now, I realize that NOT all effects of pop culture are good for self-esteem. Ads, magazines, television shows, social media and countless other popular trends, are presented with Photoshop selling brand name clothing and products through UNREALISTIC images. This creates a FAKE image that leads people to believe they want better looks, bigger houses, more money, etc.

When I think of myself, in terms of popular culture, I FEEL that I have really been swept into it. I have never been into fashion trends and if I don’t I like something, no one can convince me to like it. Yet, the more I think of it, the more I realize I AM affected.

When I FEEL I need whiter teeth, after watching a tooth paste commercial, or I FEEL I need a better body after watching a summer movie, I am being AFFECTED.

I am affected without REALIZING that I am being affected. I downgrade myself without even acknowledging that I am doing it. I know I am NOT the only person who does it, and this is where it becomes an ISSUE. We need to see that pop culture is MADE–UP and that it’s NOT real. Instead, we need to understand that we are all INDIVIDUALS and we are all DIFFERENT –and this is an AMAZING thing!

YES popular culture affects YOUTH SELF-ESTEEM and YES it affects me.

All good things possible always…